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Ala. House committee approves pseudoephedrine bill

AL - A bill further regulating the sale of over-the-counter cold medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine breezed through the Alabama House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank McDaniel, targets the key ingredients used in manufacturing crystal methamphetamine. If passed, the new law would require retailers to enter each purchase of over-the-counter, nonprescription sales of products containing any detectable quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine through a real-time, online electronic verification system operated by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.

Full story, The Sand Mountain Reporter

Okla. bill would create meth offender registry

Oklahoma City, OK - A House panel has passed a bill to create a registry of meth offenders similar to the state's sex offender registry. The House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday approved the bill that would apply to anyone convicted of possession, manufacture or distribution of methamphetamine. Anyone listed on the registry would be prohibited from purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient used to make meth. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs would maintain the registry, which would include the name and date of birth of offenders, along with information about their conviction. The bureau reports there has been an increase in meth lab seizures in recent years after a new recipe surfaced that requires smaller amounts of pseudoephedrine.


Mo. town now requires prescription for pseudoephedrine

Eureka, MO - Eureka has become the first town in St. Louis County to require a prescription to purchase decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine -- a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Eureka City Council unanimously approved the move on Tuesday, and the law is effective now. Mayor Kevin Coffey said aldermen were sorry they had to restrict access, but the "gravity of the problem" required action. Eureka became the seventh local government in Missouri to pass a prescription law.

From The Springfield News-Leader

Tenn. fears meth influx after neighboring states crack down

TN - Concerned that a new Mississippi law might drive methamphetamine makers into Tennessee, some local law enforcement officials want to find tougher methods to combat meth production. Some officials said they'd like to see stronger laws passed in Tennessee against meth cooks and users. On Friday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill that makes the state the second in the nation to require a prescription to purchase drugs that contain pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

Full story, The Jackson Sun

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